Only produced when quality matches our aspirations, this wine is an individual barrel selection of two Bay View vineyards: Brian Howard’s dry farmed vineyard in Bay View sited on what was the old tidal estuary of the Esk River before the 1931 earthquake, and our home block at Esk Valley estate. Both are early ripening and planted with Clone 95. The Howard vineyard brings peachy notes and richness to the finished wine while our home block provides a grapefruit like acidity. This wine is crafted in a very hands off manner, totally reliant on the quality of the fruit.
This is a full bodied Chardonnay that displays vineyard-derived complexity and elegance. Naturally made with a 'hands off' approach it is food friendly and age worthy. It vividly exhibits the peach notes of Bay View Chardonnay with the more crisp mineral characters of the Maraekakaho and Ohiti Road stony soils. Subtle oak and lees derived complexity from barrel ageing add further interest.Esk Valley Wines